Daytona 500: Dodge Motorsports Monday qualifying recap

KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Sprint Dodge Intrepid R/T) NOTE: Petty led second-round time trials on Monday with a lap of 183.0612 mph, placing him 27th fastest among the 53 cars that attempted qualifying laps. "We thought we could run a 49 flat. We ran...

KYLE PETTY (No. 45 Sprint Dodge Intrepid R/T)

NOTE: Petty led second-round time trials on Monday with a lap of 183.0612 mph, placing him 27th fastest among the 53 cars that attempted qualifying laps.

"We thought we could run a 49 flat. We ran one this morning, but that was at 11 o'clock. It's about 2:30 now. We missed our chance Saturday. We could have been a top 10 or 15 car, now we're 27th. That's borderline. John Andretti is 24th, and we really don't know where anybody stacks up right now. How can you know? They've changed the rules since last year. You just don't know where anybody's at. We had a good first lap today. I don't know if the wind picked up on the second lap or what. We didn't pick up much on the second lap. We picked up two tenths on the second lap and we should have picked up four tenths, so that killed us."

BOB WILDBERGER (Senior Manager, NASCAR Operations -- Dodge Motorsports)
"The one single objective that Dodge has, our one wish, we want nothing more than a good level playing field for the big race on Sunday morning. We have some very serious concerns. When we originally started to prepare for the Daytona 500, a set of rules was published and good, better or indifferent, we were going to play by those rules. Then another change occurred, so we said, 'OK, we're going to keep working hard and do what we need to do.' Another change occurred and it does concern us. We want to make sure we're part of a level playing field, and that we're competitive come the last lap of the race on Sunday.

"There have been discussions that have led us to believe that there may or may not be other rule changes. We're optimistic that NASCAR will make some more adjustments to provide a better playing field for us. That may or may not happen. If it does, it would be really critical that any changes that may help the Dodges out need to take place before Thursday. About half the Dodges down here are going to have to race their way into the Daytona 500.

"There's a lot of data being gathered right now. Cars are in the wind tunnel right now being evaluated. In all fairness, we don't have all the results. I would think maybe something at least to consider if spoilers are being taken down in height, take the Dodges down the same as everybody else's and let us duke it out on the race track from that point.

"The Fords and Dodges are very similar cars with very similar numbers in the wind tunnel. When we started coming down here, most of the cars had a 6.5-inch high spoiler. If they're going down to six inches, great, let's take the Dodge down with everybody else. It's kind of interesting too, and it's just an observation, but four of the five fastest cars in practice this morning were Fords. The last rule change that helped them out has not gone into affect yet. It's just something for us to keep our eyes on. It causes us to be very concerned, but at the end of the day, we're going to do the best job we can so we can go duke it out on the race track."

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